Program Details & Highlights

Location & Time: Shanghai, October 2021
Partner: Shanghai Singapore International School

Purpose: To provide students with high-quality programming on United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) and social impact skills across academic areas through an experiential mode that connects to relatable social impact initiatives.

The UN SDG Impact Week connects students with high quality practitioners to dive deep into UN SDGs. Designed to encourage discussion and critical thinking about important issues of sustainability, this program is suitable for students across academic disciplines and interests. Through a combination of lecture, case studies, and a competitive project, student will gain an intimate understanding of important issues and develop useful skills and knowledge. Each area of focus will challenge them in ways of thinking transferable to other areas, in order to increase college and professional readiness and global citizenship.
Program Elements

Program Elements
The UN SDG Impact Week will be comprised of several basic elements including, but not limited to:
  • An interactive and student-focused program to encourage self-directed and group learning
  • A curriculum designed to combine program content with transferrable skills, all matched to age standards.
  • Actionable student objectives with a focus on real life applications of lesson content, to illuminate students' place in a complex and interconnected world.
  • A focus on critical thinking, and with lessons and activities intentionally designed to facilitate scaffolding so instructors can tailor to the needs of their individual classes
  • A combination of group instruction and guest speakers, with modern and relevant case studies tied to the SSIS values of discovery, engagement, and diversity.
  • A final project with awards for top performers in each grade level.
Students Outcomes

  • A deep understanding of sustainability challenges in the local community
  • Knowledge of UN SDG 12 and its applications
  • Awareness of the human nature of problems and the complexity of solving real-world issues

  • Course-related hard skills (analysis, planning, product design, etc…)
  • Ability to think critically to analyze the underlying reasons of social issues using the design thinking process
  • Important professional skills including teamwork, communication, research and presentation skills

  • Establishment of an empathetic mindset which is aware of the interrelated and interpersonal nature of problems
  • Deep empathy and understanding of issues of sustainability  

  • Students will obtain a hard deliverable based on their course that can be the springboard for future exploration into the topic (business plan, engineering blueprints, research paper etc…)
  • Award structure including possible recommendation letters from instructors for top performers and other merit-based recognition, plus certificate of completion
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